Cost and affordability of nutritious diets at retail prices: Evidence from 177 countries

  title={Cost and affordability of nutritious diets at retail prices: Evidence from 177 countries},
  author={Yan Bai and Robel G. Alemu and S. Block and D. Headey and William Masters},
  journal={Food Policy},
  • Yan Bai, Robel G. Alemu, +2 authors William Masters
  • Published 2020
  • Business
  • Food Policy
  • Abstract Many policies and programs aim to bring nutritious diets within reach of the poor. This paper uses retail prices and nutrient composition for 671 foods and beverages to compute the daily cost of essential nutrients required for an active and healthy life in 177 countries around the world. We compare this minimum cost of nutrient adequacy with the subsistence cost of dietary energy and per-capita spending on all goods and services, to identify stylized facts about how diet cost and… CONTINUE READING
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